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Founded by governors, we are the largest nonprofit university in the U.S. We lead education and workforce innovation across the country. We want to help your state achieve its workforce goals.

WGU in Your State

WGU is designed to complement and supplement state systems and bring innovative, flexible, and attainable educational opportunities to individuals who historically have not been well served by higher education. Access to state need based financial aid programs will advance postsecondary opportunities and lead to better jobs and better lives for individuals and meet state workforce needs. But far too many states deny students equitable access to state financial aid (grant-in-aid). The map below details average employment, salary and financial aid status for WGU students and graduates in each state.

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No aid available.


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Data from WGU Institutional Research (2020), WGU Student Services (2020), & the College Board (2020).

Competency-based Education

Competency-based Education (CBE) is a revolutionary education model that provides flexibility in the way credits can be earned or awarded, and provide students with personalized learning opportunities. By enabling students to master skills at their own pace, competency-based learning systems help to save both time and money. Learn more about CBE in this video.

Our Commitment

Expand Access.

Higher education is one of the surest paths to opportunity, but for too many, a college credential is out of reach. WGU’s online, competency-based model, combined with an affordable flat-rate tuition model helps put college within reach for those who may not otherwise pursue their higher education dreams.

Strengthen the Workforce.

WGU partners with industry to ensure its competency-based curriculum is career-aligned. WGU offers bachelor's and master's degrees—in IT, teaching, business, and healthcare—that align with employer needs and sets graduates on a path to career success.

Improve Lives.

WGU empowers students to get the most return for their educational dollar by providing flexible, affordable degree pathways. Students graduate in less time with less debt and better salary prospects compared to their peers nationwide.

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